I was born and raised in California, received my B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and did some doctoral work at U.C. Davis. I served as a Presbyterian pastor for 10 years, four in Mexico City and 6 in Sacramento, before becoming a journalist. I’ve spent 30 years as an editor with these magazines:
Leadership, a leading journal for pastors.
Christian History, a popular history magazine.
The Behemoth, our former digital magazine, which sought to help readers experience awe and wonder about God and the creation.
Christianity Today, a leading religious journal in America, a magazine of news and commentary. I am currently the editor in chief.
I’ve published dozens of articles in a variety of magazines, from devotional pieces ( like The Upper Room) to commentary on current events (New York Times) to more theological musings (Books & Culture).
I’ve written or co-written 9 books (as of September 2017), from biographies (Francis of Assisi and His World and Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals), to books on spiritual theology (like Jesus Mean and Wild and Beautiful Orthodoxy) and liturgy (Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy).
On a personal note: I’ve been married to Barbara for 45 years, have three grown children, and six grandchildren. I currently live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Extracurricular passions include fly fishing, camping out in my small trailer, brewing craft beer, and biking.